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RI48 Geologic And Hydrologic Studies of the Oligocene - Pleistocene Section near Lewes, Delaware

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RI48 Geologic And Hydrologic Studies of the Oligocene - Pleistocene Section near Lewes, Delaware
Publication Type:
Report of Investigation
Publication Date:
Oct 1990
Authors:
Andres, A.S., Benson, R.N., Ramsey, K.W., Talley, J.H.
Abstract:

Borehole Oh25-02, located about 3 miles southwest of Lewes, Delaware, ends at a total depth of 1,337 ft in a mid-Oligocene glauconitic silt unit. It penetrated 317 ft of glauconitic sands and silts between the base of the Calvert Formation at a depth of 1,020 ft and total depth. A hiatus at 1,218 ft separates an outer neritic lower Miocene interval (Globorotalia kugleri Zone) above it from a deep upper bathyal mid-Oligocene (G. opima opima Zone) section below; the lower section is characterized by abundant large uvigerinid benthic foraminiferal species representing the transition from Uvigerina tumeyensis to Tiptonina nodifera. Similar uvigerinid assemblages identify the mid-Oligocene unit in boreholes near Bridgeville and Milford, Delaware; Cape May, New Jersey; and Ocean City, Maryland. Updip from these boreholes, the Calvert Formation, of latest Oligocene-middle Miocene age in Delaware, unconformably overlies middle Eocene glauconitic sands of the Piney Point Formation. The juxtaposition of the downdip mid-Oligocene rocks against the updip middle Eocene rocks can best be explained by a fault between the two regions.

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Andres, A.S., Benson, R.N., Ramsey, K.W., Talley, J.H., 1990, Geologic And Hydrologic Studies of the Oligocene - Pleistocene Section near Lewes, Delaware: Delaware Geological Survey Report of Investigation 48

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